I Had a chat with Michael Byrne over at Motherboard, Vice about ThePaintshop.biz, here’s a short excerpt.
Is there an aspect of this that you feel is pointing to a future of art? Is there something in particular that you’re reacting to with this?
More and more artists need to work harder towards becoming self-sustainable as the art funding is shrinking year by year, so in a way it’s hinting towards this. The goal was to create a piece that could create a steady stream of revenue, which so far hasn’t really been accomplished, but it’s something I’m still in the process of exploring – how to become a self-sustainable artist without relying on governmental or private funding, and to me the world wide web/internet is the perfect medium to explore this.